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October 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

October has been an encouraging month for us as we have just received statistics released by the Immigration Department. During the period of July-September 2016, 10 non-refoulement claims were substantiated (accepted). We provided intensive legal and psychosocial support to 5 out of 10 of these refugees whose protection claims were substantiated. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our donors, partners, supporters, staff and volunteers for their unfailing support which has made our work possible and makes a life-changing difference for the refugees we work with.

We would also like to congratulate Justice Centre board members Trish and Jenny and their friends Gordon, Jenni, Jon, MaryAnn and Madeleine on completing the 55km trek across Lantau to raise over HK$100,000 for Justice Centre. Our next fundraiser is Run for Justice - sponsor our team as they race 11km with refugees and volunteers from Free to Run on November 12!

Finally, we are excited to be accepting applications for our 2017 Young Advocates Programmes. We are launching a two-week Spring programme in April 2017 and a four-week Summer programme which takes place in June, July and August 2017.  The Young Advocates Programme provides an unique opportunity for high school students aged 14-18 to learn about the essential elements of our work and gain hands-on experience of working in an human rights organization, with coaching by our staff and an opportunity to develop the skills and experience they need as they start the process of applying for university courses. We are holding Open Evenings in December and we will accept applications until January 27 2017. More details available at


Piya Muqit
Executive Director

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#SharedPasts at TEDxWanChai's Crossroads event

It was great to be a part of TEDxWanChai's Crossroads event on October 29 presenting our #SharedPasts travelling exhibition in collaboration with photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani, about refugees past and present: descendants of refugees and people currently seeking protection in Hong Kong. Thank you to everyone who stopped to speak with us and learn more! Find out more about #SharedPasts here.

Comparative Refugee Law with Jamie Kerr

We were delighted to have Jamie Kerr, an accredited specialist in immigration and asylum law from Scotland, join us for a lunchtime panel discussion on October 14 along with our Senior Legal Advisor, Adam Severson. This talk was the third in our series on comparative refugee law. Thank you to Lexis Nexis Hong Kong for generously hosting this event!

Anti-Human Trafficking talk at HK CoCo Drinks

On October 28, Jade Anderson, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator based at Justice Centre, delivered a talk at HK Community Connect Monthly Drinks based on stories and case studies from our Coming Clean report which was released earlier this year. Thank you to all who attended! Photo credit: HK Community Connect

Completing the OSC UBS NGO Leadershop Programme 2016

Over the past year, our Advocacy and Campaigns Manager Victoria, has been going through the OSC UBS NGO Leadership Programme 2016, jointly organized by Operation Santa Claus, UBS and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. We were happy to attend the award ceremony and thank the organizers, mentors and fellow participants for all their advice and skills learned along the way.
“Immigration regulations transform the home into a workplace, but it is not monitored as such”, writes Jade Anderson, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator based at Justice Centre. Her opinion piece “Could supply chains protect migrant domestic workers?” was published in openDemocracy, when the HKSAR Government is finalising its Code of Practice for employment agencies of migrant domestic workers.
Jade Anderson and Victoria Wisniewski Otero, co-authors of Justice Centre’s report “Coming Clean” were also cited in recent articles on human trafficking and forced labour amongst migrant domestic workers, read the articles here and here.
Photography Exhibition - 'Glimpses over the edge'
Presented by Alexander Treves, photographer and Justice Centre board member, “Glimpses over the edge” is an exhibition of photographs of refugees assisted by Justice Centre, as well as people who have fled or are rebuilding their lives across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Event details available here.

Date: November 3-30 2016
Time: 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:30 daily
Venue: Foreign Correspondents’ Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong

Support our fundraisers!

Sponsor Isaac Shaffer, our Protection Claimant Services Manager, as he takes part in the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon race to raise funds to support our work. Justice Centre relies entirely on donations to provide life saving legal and psychosocial services to refugees in Hong Kong. With your help, we can do more.
Sponsor Run for Justice!

A team comprising of refugees together with staff and volunteers from Justice Centre and Free to Run will race in a 12km run on November 12 to raise awareness and funds for our joint rehabilitation programme. Cheer them on and sponsor the team today!


We currently have exciting opportunities for a Research VolunteerSecondee Lawyer (3, 6 or 12 months) a volunteer Protection Claimant Services Legal Case-worker (3-6 months) and a self-funded Fellowship position in our Protection Claimant Services team. Please spread the word in your networks!
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